Mega middleweight matchup and two title fights this Friday at Carnival City

Johannesburg, South Africa – This Friday sees welterweight champion, South Africa’s Dricus ‘Stillknocks’ du Plessis in the biggest fight of his career as he takes on top middleweight contender, Poland’s Rafal ‘Polish Tank’ Haratyk. Two of the most dominant athletes in different weight divisions will collide for a mega matchup as du Plessis looks to create his legacy as the best athlete in the organisation and Haratyk aims to prove his position at the top of the middleweights. Watch the countdown to du Plessis vs Hartyk:

On the same night, the middleweight title is at stake when champion, England’s Yannick ‘Black Mamba’ Bahati defends against former welterweight champion, South Africa’s David Buirski. The South African looks to make history yet again by claiming his second title in a second division, but standing in his way is an angry behemoth of a champion, a man that is in search of vengeance and redemption. Watch the countdown to Bahati vs Buirski:

Plus, undefeated featherweight champion Igeu ‘Smiley’ Kabesa put his unbeaten record and title on the line when he faces notorious KO artist and champion wrestler, Hanru Botha. While Kabesa has breezed through all his opposition to date, Botha is seen to be his biggest threat yet. With the power to knock out anyone and wrestling skills to match the champion, Kabesa’s agility and heart will be put to the test. Watch the countdown to Kabesa vs Botha:

Also featured on the main card, two of the best boxers in the organisation clash when South Africa’s Wesley ‘Young Assasin’ Hawkey and Wales’ Azi ‘One Bomb’ Thomas meet in the Hexagon. And, South African MMA legend, Martin ‘The Punisher’ van Staden faces DRC’s rising star Kaleka ‘Block’ Kabanda.

Added to this, a star-studded prelim card featuring highly anticipated matchups including Mark Hulme vs Gordon Roodman, Shana Power vs Jacqui Trosee and the inaugural women’s strawweight bout between South Africa’s Danella Eliasov and Spain’s Irene Rivera and so much more.

Full fight card available at

EFC 56 WEIGH-IN: Free and open to fans – Witness the stare-downs live – Merchandise giveaways
Date: Thursday 8 December 2016
Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Venue: Mardi Gras Theatre, Carnival City

Date: Friday 9 December 2016
Time: Prelim bouts start 16:45, main card bouts start at 20:00
Venue: Big Top Arena, Carnival City, Johannesburg

Date: Friday 9 December 2016
Time: 30 minutes after the last fight
Venue: Mardi Gras Theatre, Carnival City

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EFC 56: Du Plessis vs Haratyk, Bahati vs Buirski, Kabesa vs Botha presented by SUPABETS, takes place on Friday 9 December 2016 at Carnival City, Johannesburg. Tickets are on sale now at, and the 5 main card bouts will be broadcast live on (Sub-Saharan Africa) and Kwesé Free Sports (Kenya & Rwanda) starting at 20:00 (CAT) and delayed-live on (South Africa) after the 20:30 (CAT) movie. Full broadcast details available on